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Thomas Ernest Hulme

(1883 - 1917 / England)

Thomas Ernest Hulme
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T.E. Hulme published six poems before his death. He called them his ‘Complete Poetical Works’.

The son of prosperous parents, Hulme developed early interests in debate, and was known by his school debating society as ‘the Whip’. His provocative, enthusiastic behaviour got him ejected on more than one occasion from Cambridge University, where he read mathematics but did not finish a degree. On theatre visits, he would shout at the actors; once, this led to a brawl with the police, and a weekend in prison. He kept a brass knuckleduster for use in the bedroom.

A man accredited with influencing Ezra Pound, Hulme is often seen as a pioneer of modernism. Member of the ... more »

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  • ''Oh, God, make small
    The old star-eaten blanket of the sky,
    That I may fold it round me and in comfort lie.''
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883-1917), British critic, poet, philosopher. The Embankment (l. 5-7). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh a...
  • ''Once, in finesse of fiddles found I ecstasy,''
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883-1917), British critic, poet, philosopher. The Embankment (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and...
  • Put shortly, these are the two views, then. One, that man is intrinsically good, spoilt by circumstance; and the other that he is intrinsically limited, but disciplined by order and tradition to somet...
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883-1917), British critic, philosopher. "Romanticism and Classicism," Speculations: Essays on Humanism and the Philosophy of Art...
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